Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In Fry Bubble Hodgepodge

Once again, our hostess Joyce  has inspired us to express ourselves and get to know others, based on a hodgepodge of weekly questions.  Thank you,  Joyce.  

After reading my answers and hers, please go a-visitin'.   Might I inspire you to go pick two blogs in the HP  and then  leave some comment love?

1. . Share one way you think the world has changed for the better since you were a kid?

Affordable long distance telephone service for most folks.

     I remember the days of my youth when making a call from Maryland to my grandparents in Kansas meant doing it Sunday evening after 7 pm. My mom had her list of topics jotted down in front of her to remember to talk about.  Then she'd gather the whole brood  around the phone (which was attached to the wall and had a rotary dial).  She also sat facing the clock on the stove, seeing seven cents a minute rack up a huge bill with one of my grandmothers who had a habit of repeating herself--every third minute.

I smile as I write this.  Oh, to hear my grandparents' voices again. That would be priceless.

2. How 'bout one way it's changed for the worse?

 Terrorism on the rise. It's about to crescendo again, I think. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

3. Starlight, starfish, starling, Starbucks...your favorite 'star'?

Absolutely NOT Starbucks! I have been boycotting it since March 26th because of what their CEO said on March 26, 2013.

That said, my favorite star would be starlight.  It boggles my mind to think how many stars  there are that we CAN see in the sky, let alone all the bazillion jazillion that we CAN'T see. And yet, God has named each one of them.  How much more does He care about me, a living human being  that He created in his image, and care about the billions more people He created for His pleasure.  Seeing starlight makes me feel loved by God!

When my youngest boy was  about 3 years old, his favorite song was "Indescribable" by Chris Tomlin. Joel couldn't pronounce many of his starting consonants.It was so stinking cute how passionately he'd sing out when he heard the chorus of "In-fry-bubble."

 The real words go; 
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God

But my ALL TIME FAVORITE way of hearing it, which remains solid as concrete in my memory,  is the way that t0e-headed three-year-old of mine sang it in the backseat of the van: 

"In FRY bubble, 'un ten tain bubble,
You pwaced da 'taws in da 'ky and You know dem by name, you aw amaaaaazing, God..."

4. Name a song that's overplayed, but you love it anyway.

The first one I can think of is "Cinderella," by Steven Curtis Chapman. It's old and overplayed, but always reduces me to tears and causes me to stop and pray for the Chapman family when I hear it. 

5. When did you last have home made ice cream? Your latest favorite flavor?

A very long time ago, as in probably 15 years when my husband was leading Pioneer Club for a while at church.  At the conclusion of the year, we all gathered for a mini camping trip. One of the dads served homemade strawberry ice cream and I just absolutely loved it.  I also loved those sticky-fingered little boys who didn't think it necessary to wash hands after handling worms, sticks, and tadpoles.  

6. What do you think is the best way to inspire or motivate people?

By example.  Enthusiasm is contagious, and a little "show and tell" goes a long way.

7. When was the last time you were without power?

During Superstorm Sandy.   But only, thankfully, for about nine hours.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Please pray for the folks in Lindsborg, KS. The flooding has been so bad--three feet deep in many basements, folks displaced, much loss, kayaks in the street.   My bloggy friend Laurie lives there. I'm sharing this photo of a street in her town. 



Joyce said...

I've been to more than two. teehee : ) That flooding is sad for those families.

Indescribable is one of my favorite songs and I especially love to play it in the car with the windows rolled down while driving thru the countryside. If I'm feeling blue, this definitely lifts my spirits!

Clairity said...

Indeed enthusiasm is a great motivator. It works so well with kids especially when everyone's all geared up, they'd be so eager to go for it too.

Cathy said...

I agree on the starlight and I love that song, Indescribable. I also love imagining the way your little son sang it. So cute.

Anonymous said...

Hearing your description of the 7cents a minute phone calls brought back memories :)

Oh my, so much water in the streets in your photo! I'll stop complaining about our daily rain now. At least we're not flooded--just very wet!

Nikki S. said...

I remember having to wait til sunday night to call my aunts. Also my grandpa's area code changed even though we lived 15 minutes away, it was still considered long distance. *gasp*

The Henry Crew! said...

Oh, how your answered made me smile, giggle, and sigh... just like they do every week! I remember when I had a boyfriend who lived in another area code and my dad came to me and said "These long distance charges had better be worth it!" What can I say... I dumped him a few months later! And I love those little voices singing praise songs... my favorite was when my little guy was in the back seat singing with all his heart "I am a friend of God, I am a friend of God, I am a friend of God's, He calls me FRED!" (instead of "He calls me Friend!") :-) have a good week, bloggy friend!

Lea Culp said...

We use to have a 5 minute timer that my Mom watched as she would talk to her Mom 1000 miles away. Oh, those were the days. My daughter calls at least 3 times a day and never gives it a thought.

I'm with you on Cinderella, brings me to tears every time.

Sweetest blessings to you!

Carrie B said...

Oh my gosh, yes! The phone! Good one! I didn't have time to play along this week and I know I would not have thought of the phone but from someone who had a long distance relationship for 7 years, the phone was soo important and expensive!
Love love love your (3 yr, old) son's version of the song. ♥

Susan Kane said...

That is way too precious. You'll have to tell the girl he brings home to meet you and hubby.

Flood--definitely be praying for them.